Final phase of Pontardawe make-over due to begin
A further phase of Pontardawe's make-over is due to begin.
Supported by grants from the Welsh Government, residents and
shoppers have already benefited from improvements to the
street-scene and amenities throughout the town and now the fire
damaged toilets next to the car park have been repaired and
The Arcade link between Herbert Street and the Paradise Car
Park has been refurbished and the War Memorial stone and plaques
have been cleaned.
In addition, the Pontardawe Arts Centre and the One Stop Shop have
also been given a facelift.
Now, the final phase of the make-over is set to begin with Neath
Port Talbot Council putting the finishing touches to the
enhancement works along Herbert Street. The lower end car park will
be upgraded as well as the repaving of the road and walkway. The
street lighting will be upgraded and new street furniture will be
A new home will be found for the Memorial Fountain and the Sundial
at The Cross.
Neath Port Talbot Leader, Ali Thomas said: "improving town centres
such as Pontardawe forms part of our plans for the regeneration of
our valley communities".
He added: "the Council is fulfilling its commitment to the people
of Pontardawe by creating a distinctive and unique town centre
which attracts new investment and brings prosperity to the town and
The enhancement works in Pontardawe have already helped attract a
major investor into the town.
Councillor Thomas added "improving the attractiveness of the Town
Centre has surely influenced the decision of Greggs Bakery to
locate here. Hopefully, this will encourage other High Street
retailers to do likewise and compliment the existing excellent
choice provided by local independent traders already in the
Greggs Retail Director, Mr Raymond Reynolds said: "We recently
opened our shop in Pontardawe and have been thrilled with the
response from local customers who have supported us. In our
first few weeks of opening, our shop has traded well and we are
very pleased that we made the decision to locate here."